Kirby Smith

My name is Kirby Massey Smith and I was born and raised in Jonesboro. Swimming has always been a huge part of my life. My grandmother was an Aquacade swimmer for Billy Rose in Queens, New York. My mother was a swim coach and state record holder, my siblings and myself all swim coaches, and my dad an official, even at the US Open. I spent half of my childhood at swim meets watching my nationally ranked siblings. My parents and other swimming families helped to bring a year-round team (The JETS) to Jonesboro in the early 90’s to allow swimmers to continue swimming in the winter months and hosting 700+ swimmers for SuperSplash. I spent half of my childhood at swim meets watching my nationally ranked siblings. It is some of my best memories!

Growing up I lifeguarded and taught lessons for many swimmers. I became the AAU Jets Head Coach while I was in college, leading the team as the SouthWind State Champions consecutive years. After graduating from Arkansas State University from the College of Communication I moved to Pennsylvania to work with blind and deaf children and adults. I enjoyed my time there teaching lessons, running the pool, and teaching water aerobics. After moving back to Jonesboro, I worked in recruitment for numerous years and began teaching the Master Swim class and water aerobics at St. Bernards Health and Wellness for numerous years. I now own and operate Massey Swim and I spend every day in the water with my kids and so many kids in our community.

My husband and I live in Bono with our three boys Koen (7), Sheppie (4), and Vinny (1). I am an active member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and my husband a member of First United Methodist Church

Swimming has and will always be a huge part of our lives especially in Northeast Arkansas! Here’s to an exciting new chapter with some of my dearest friends! We genuinely promise to do our very best in the interest of the team and swimmers! I pray and hope my kids have can the same wonderful experience I had growing up! Go SWAT!

 

 

                                                                                                  Brooke Booker  

My name is Brooke Booker. I am married to Chris Booker and we have six children. Emery (14), Noah (13), Eden (11), Grady (10) and twins, Asa and Asher (6).

Originally from Blytheville, I have loved the sport of swimming my entire life. I started lessons young, was on the Blytheville Barracuda AAU team in the summers and drove to Jonesboro twice a week to swim for the Jonesboro Jets in the winter. I was a lifeguard throughout high school and trained others as a lifeguard instructor at the University of Arkansas. I’ve worked with the American Red Cross providing swim lessons, was the pool director for the City of Jonesboro in the summer of 2000 at Earl Bell and managed the Aquatics Department in Blytheville the summer of 2001. I went to the University of Arkansas after high school where I cheered for the baseball team as a Razorback Diamond Doll. After college I attended medical school and came back to Northeast Arkansas to practice medicine. We worship at Central Baptist Church here in Jonesboro and spend most days watching our kids participate in all their activities.

Swimming isn’t just a sport, it’s a family. I don’t think I would have had the self-discipline, work ethic or the dedication to succeed in life without the skills taught to me from swimming. Because of this, I have encouraged my kids to swim and hope they experience and learn everything I was blessed to! Kirby, Katie Rae and I are so excited to bring to Jonesboro what we love and grew up with. We genuinely promise to do our bests to make SWAT your family as well!

                                                                                      

                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Audrey Hanes  

My name is Audrey Hanes, and I was born and raised in St. Louis. I graduated from the University of Missouri (Go, Mizzou Tigers!) with a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism editing and a minor in sociology then moved to Jonesboro with my husband, Eric, in 2010. We have three kids: twins Luke (8) and Ellie (8), and Chandler (3). 

I love the sport of swimming and the family environment of the sport. I grew up swimming year-round and swam summer league with my two brothers from a young age. I was a lifeguard and assistant swim coach for several years in high school, as well. My dad swam through high school, so my kids are third generation swimmers, and I am so glad they love the sport like I do. Luke and Ellie love being Shark Waves, and Chandler can’t wait to join the team when she turns 4. 

I am the editor-at-large and a contributing writer for Occasions Publishing Group, where I have worked for 12 years. I am also an active member of Southwest Church of Christ, a board member for the Better Life Counseling Center, on the communications committee for United Way of NEA and a St. Bernards Advocate. I am an associate member of Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro and served on the board during my time as an active member. Eric and I stay busy with kids involved in church activities, swimming, football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, tumbling and Girl Scouts – we love staying active and being outside. 

 

                                                           Scott Griffith 

A little about myself….. My name is Scott Griffith. I have been married to my wife Ruth since 2013. Ruth is a Nurse Practitioner serving our Jonesboro community. We have two kiddos Koen (8) that swims for SWAT and future SWAT member Kai (5).  I was born in Searcy, Arkansas but raised in California. I did not grow up swimming competitively like the others. My love for the water was influenced by growing up on the coast. Now, by my son swimming for SWAT! I moved back to Arkansas in 2002 for college, graduating from Harding University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science in Clinical Lab Science from UAMS, then finally a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Harding University. I have worked as an Orthopedic Physician Assistant here in Jonesboro since 2013. I am a Major in the Arkansas Air National Guard where I continue to serve as a medical provider since 2012. I am dedicated to serving God, family, my country, my patients and now the SWAT team!  Because of my military/orthopedic and exercise science backgrounds, I love the athleticism and the rigors of training required by our swimmers. It requires so much discipline and I love seeing one of my own be a part of it. I am excited to see our two kiddos grow with the SWAT team!